Tuesday October 11th marks the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Back in 1987, about half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Here’s more about the history of National Coming Day from Human Rights Campaign. Here are also just some of the books we have in Rentschler Library.
Featuring essays by President Obama and author David Sedaris, “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life worth Living,” is the book version of an effort by activist Dan Savage to address issues of bullying of LGBT teens. The project was initially a channel of YouTube videos but it quickly grew beyond the 650 video limit allowed by YouTube. Booklist called the collection of essays “a resource every library should have on hand.” Link to the It Gets Better Project.
Coming Out: New Dynamics, by Nicholas Guittar is based on a series of semistructured interviews the author did with people in central Florida. A reviewer in the American Journal of Sociology said that Guittar views the coming out process as a “form of storytelling” where people become part of the LGBT community. Thought it ignores the coming out experience of transgender individuals, the reviewer said “Coming Out” is a “compelling and worthwhile read.” Link to review.